Growing up I had the opportunity to go fishing with my neighbor Bruce. To this day I still can’t figure out why he would take me, especially considering that it seemed like I always did something to mess up our trip. Well, this trip for Blues and Catfish under the Commodore Barry Bridge in Philadelphia would be no different. As we pull up to the bridge, Bruce is coaching me through how to release the anchor on the boat:
- Wait for me
- Wait till I’m in neutral
- Watch the waves
- Don’t put out too much line at first
- Don’t throw the anchor, just drop it off to the side.
Suddenly he yells, now, now, now… What do I do? Well, I was so surprised and excited I threw the anchor out in front of the boat, to which Bruce says, “I told you not to the throw the anchor, and especially off the front of the boat. Well as he was putting the boat in reverse and watching his prop, I watched the anchor line uncoil and slip right over the edge of the boat and sink over 40’ to the bottom of the river. Bruce turns around and says, “Go ahead and tie off the line to the bow cleat…awkward”
You know, anchors don’t work very well unless they’re attached to something.
Hebrews 6:19 (NLT) 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. But the question is, what exactly is “this hope?” In order to answer that question you have to go back to verses 13-20
The scripture here is pointing to the fact that we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. But the question remains for us, why would the writer talk about God’s Promise to Abram as a form of hope? To answer that question we have to look back at the covenant between God and Abram in the desert.
To walk the blood path was a huge deal, it meant that your life was indebted to the person you walked with through the path. That night Abram realized God was “cutting a covenant”, and as the scripture says, Abram became paralyzed by fear. God’s covenant terms were clear. He would bless the world through Abraham… as long as Abraham lived in perfect harmony with God’s ways. But there was one problem; Abraham knew that he couldn’t be perfect and that his sins were like spitting in the face of God. So while he looked at the gruesome blood path, Abraham recognized the high price for breaking the covenant terms. Walking that path would be like signing his own death sentence. Remember, if you break the covenant it will cost you your life. That’s when God did something extraordinary. What God did is the hope that’s an anchor for my soul!
If we’re not careful we’ll miss the hope, but when you stop and reflect, you see it in Genesis 15:17 (NLT) After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking fire-pot AND a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses.
THIS IS THE ANCHOR OF HOPE! God wants us to be in a covenant relationship with Him, but He says to us, I’m going to walk the path for myself and for you! And in that amazing moment, God took Abraham’s place to die if he couldn’t keep his end of the bargain. You have to remember that this wasn’t just a covenant between Abraham and God, but like God said in Genesis 15:18 (NLT), this is a covenant between Abraham and ALL of his descendants, which includes us.
He walked it for you…he walked it for me. In fact, He still walks it for you…for me. Could you imagine the excitement of these early Hebrew Christians? To know the forerunner, Jesus, has entered on there behalf.
Jesus is an anchor of hope for our soul.